Re-building The Englisc Theod
Theod (Žeod) is the Anglo Saxon English word for ‘Tribe’ or ‘Nation’ in the sense of a group of kinfolk. The English Nation or ‘Engliscan Žeod’ is the sum total of the indigenous Anglo Saxon English people. It is made up of different family groups and clans – but it is one English Nation or Folk.
England itself is now home to people of many different ethnic identities. However, Englishness is not simply a term based on residency, language, culture or whether you happen to be born in England. It is certainly not an optional add on to another ethnic identity.
But neither is it a definition based exclusively on race or genetic background. People of non ethnic English backgrounds can become part of the Theod, absorbed into the Nation. Numbers of such people will be small and their ability to be accepted will depend on their physical, mental and cultural similarity to the typical Anglo Saxon. Some people will be much easier to become part of the Theod than others.
So, if we are going to protect English identity and build strong English communities, we need to be clear about what is and is not ‘English’.
What is Englishness?
For much of our history, up until modern times, most people living in England were ethnically English. We are the descendants of the Germanic ‘Dogger Bank’ people who inhabited a fertile area from modern day England, across the North Sea and into North Western Europe. Even as sea levels rose, the peoples of this area maintained contact with each other and several major migrations from Europe took place (notably the Anglo Saxons and the Danes.) And so whilst the indigenous English may have origins in several migrations – this is mostly a history of the same, or very similar, people interacting with each other over many thousands of years.
The indigenous English can trace their origins back to around 30,000 BC when these islands were resettled after the last major ice age. Furthermore, there was very little change to the ethnic make-up of the English from the Norman Conquest in 1066 right up until the last few decades. We are therefore entitled to call ourselves indigenous and identify with a specific North West European ethnic identity that has defined us for thousands of years.
As England became the focus of a great world Empire, the concept of being English subtly changed to become more focussed on culture and loyalty to the Crown. Here we see the emergence of what we now call ‘Civic Nationalism’. Englishmen could be created!
For a long time, it didn’t really matter as the people that came to our lands for the most part looked much like us and quickly became ‘invisible’. Those that were visible were very small in number and confined to the big cities and seaports.
It was not until after the Second World War that mass immigration from outside of Europe began. And this was not just large and increasing numbers of people, but people who were very different to the English. They were mainly from the old Empire; initially West Indians, Asians from the old Indian Empire and east Asians from Hong Kong. As time has gone by, this trend has grown and the diversity of people coming to our homeland has widened. The last twenty years has seen a steady stream grow into a tidal wave and people are now openly talking about the indigenous English becoming a minority in our own homeland in the foreseeable future. In many areas of several cities we already are.
As far as the State is concerned, all of these people are, or will become, English – or at least British. Integration and unity in diversity are the buzz words of our modern world. The emphasis now is not so much on multi-culturalism but on integration. People have reacted in different ways to this. On the one hand there is a marked increase in ‘white flight’ leading to large non-English ghettoes. But mixed relationships and marriages are now becoming more common. The story may be of integration between the English and some ethnic communities and flight from others.
If we are to survive as a people we need to do something. But the question is what – and how?
It seems to me that the first thing we need to do is to go back to the older, ethnic definition of Englishness rather than the Civic definition that has crept in. We must teach people to view their English identity as being in their genes and in their blood. Many people already accept this definition, but we need to change the narrative so that it becomes the norm. We will promote an Identarian definition of Englishness not a Civic one.
We need to be clear that the English look a certain way, act a certain way and hold certain values. We are a Tribe, a Nation of people with common physical and cultural characteristics – not just a citizenship. People will not understand the need to protect our identity if they do not understand this.
People naturally group themselves into ‘communities’. This is a primitive survival instinct. It may be Northerners against Southerners, Yorkshire against Lancashire, Protestants against Catholics and so on. But these distinctions are no longer what should divide us. The real distinction now is between ourselves as the indigenous English (whether Northerner or Southerner) and the alien communities growing up around us.
Social cohesion should mean just that. English communities used to be very cohesive. Breaking them up, importing millions of alien people into them and then telling us we must embrace diversity in the interests of social cohesion is Orwellian nonsense.
The truth of this view point is becoming more obvious every day. The idea that West Bradford is as English as Little Deeping (or wherever) is laughable. Large ethnic communities do not become English. They are strong enough to maintain their own identity with only cosmetic changes towards westernisation. We are different people, we think differently, do things differently and have created different forms of society.
England was created by the English. The English were not created by England!
And so we will rebrand the English Nation, the ‘Engliscan Žeod’, as the ethnic English people wherever we live in the land and beyond. This will be our community and our nation. There will be diversity within this group, whether of region or religion and so on. But the basis of community will be our identarian view of Englishness.
This article started by introducing the Anglo Saxon (or ‘Old’) English word ‘Theod’ meaning tribe. We have not really had to think as a tribe, at least within our native England, for a very long time. But we clearly need to start doing so now. Like King Theoden from Lord of the Rings, we need to WAKE UP!
To this end, ‘Community’ becomes a means of not just defining who is and is not part of the tribe – but a way of harnessing its energies and voting power. We need to start thinking about what our interests are and how we can apply pressure on politicians both locally and nationally to address them. If we are united and have a common purpose, we will be a very strong interest group within our country. It is now time that we started to think and act this way.
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